I believe I have mentioned the heart-breaking soul-numbing mind-bending cold we’ve been experiencing here. These shots were taken this morning before noon. I am back in the house now and have no intention of leaving again until Wednesday morning when I have to (gasp!) go to work. (Weather note: temps with wind chill are expected to hit nearly -50 F after midnight tonight.)


The tower you see in this picture is the Pulliam Plant with the Tower Drive Bridge (now open to traffic!) in front.

More on the Pulliam Plant in upcoming posts. I really went out today with the determination to get some good shots at that site, and I think I may have succeeded.

But then I got caught up in chasing smokestacks. The next shots are from a paper mill and a cement company.

stylized smoke



Nothing says Arctic Blast like the vast acreage of  steam around mills and power plants.

  1. I don’t think anything can capture the reality of that kind of cold except actually feeling all your exposed surfaces hurting before going numb prior to frostbite setting in. But your photos and words do succeed in elevating it to the more or less romantic level of art. There’s beauty in the dangerous.

    • Since you can’t literally feel the sub-zero temps and wind, showing you the steam/fog/vapor/smoke seemed as close as I could get to actually photographing the cold.
      Thank you–and I like the “beauty in the dangerous.”

  2. andykidd says:

    Yes, that’s cold 😦 meanwhile in sunny Adelaide we expect 106 F today and similar over the next four days. I like the last image especially 🙂

  3. sedge808 says:

    the smoke is so good for photos.
    amazing post.

  4. Jean Harper says:

    Am feeling your freeeze. What a brave woman you are. The photos are wonderful. I am especially drawn to #2 (wide thin) with vaporous billows and the last one. They have stories.

  5. kaiser says:

    Gorgeous! I almost expected to see penguins.

  6. wow. Beautiful Photography! These remind me so much of Cleveland!

  7. I love the last one…….love it!

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